Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Editor at Channel 4 News.
Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.
She reports on changes in the NHS - the reforms and the politics - whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.
She closely follows the care system and how it impacts on the elderly and those with disabilities as well as investigating issues, including mental health, HIV/Aids and TB, and child health.
Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.
The World Health Organization has reiterated its demand that vaccinating all health workers should be an urgent priority for every nation. It set a target of achieving that goal globally within 100 days back in January, but there are only nine days of that period remaining and the target has a long way to go.…
An Ebola outbreak in Guinea in west Africa has put six bordering nations on alert, while the World Health Organization has begun a mass vaccination programme.
Polio has begun to re-emerge in Liberia. We are in Monrovia, where they have re-started their polio campaign today after the vaccination programme was cancelled because of Covid.
UK and European regulators have declared the AstraZeneca vaccine is “safe and effective” and its benefits in protecting people from Covid far outweigh any risks.
Millions of GP appointments missed, record waiting lists for mental health treatment, and cancer deaths predicted to rise – the true price of the pandemic, according to a new report by a leading think tank, given exclusively to Channel 4 News. The IPPR says NHS England will need £12 billion a year extra for both…
France and Germany have joined Italy in the growing list of countries to suspend their rollouts of the AstraZeneca vaccine, amid fears over blood clots.
Today marks exactly a year since the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then there have been changes to our lives that we could barely have imagined back then. And our understanding of the virus has changed as well. In the UK, the latest government figures show that in the last 24…
It’s costing £37 billion over two years, but it’s unclear whether it’s working. That’s the verdict of MPs on the Test and Trace system in England.
The public shouldn’t think that the pandemic is over, England’s Chief Medical Officer has warned, as he predicted there would be another surge in Covid cases if lockdown measures were eased too fast. Professor Chris Whitty said advisers needed several weeks to assess the impact of each step, saying it was easy to forget “how…
Today’s Downing Street briefing once again saw a more cautious PM, in stark contrast to Boris Johnson’s jubilant response as previous lockdowns have been eased.
They have spent the last year on the frontline of the Covid crisis – risking their own lives to save others.
In an intensive care unit at Warwick Hospital, where the number of patients has dropped dramatically in the past fortnight, those that are here are still very sick.
We have spent the week at Warwick Hospital, a small district general, talking to the staff about their year – what they have seen, how they have coped, and what their hopes are now.
The coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from five – the highest level – to four in all of the UK nations.
There are encouraging signs that the vaccines are having a “spectacular” impact on reducing serious illness.